III. The Empress


Key words

Upright: abundance, creativity, nourishment, beauty

Reversed: dependence on others, fruitless endeavors, creative blockage


The Empress wears a luxurious gown patterned with pomegranates and a crown adorned with twelve stars. They raise a golden scepter topped with a globe into the bright yellow sky, signifying The Empress’ reign over the earthly realm. Next to their throne is a heart-shaped shield which bears the symbol of Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, and beauty. A field of corn is ripening in the foreground, and in the background a river winds through a lush forest, spilling into a waterfall. 


3: Growth, abundance, creation, path to success

The Empress Upright

The Empress reminds you to take a moment to care for yourself. Connect with your senses, spend time in nature, and reflect on the abundance that surrounds you. Remember that self-care does not have to take the form of expensive purchases; you can light your favorite candle, bring a book to the park, put a fresh set of sheets on your bed, or take a leisurely bath. Traditional interpretations of The Empress refer to a mother figure. Motherhood can take many forms and is not limited to any one gender. How do you care for others, and how do your loved ones care for you? 

The Empress Reversed

Motherhood can (and should) involve mothering yourself, regardless of whether you have children. Ensure your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs are met. If you are feeling stifled in any way, consider your relationships. Have you become overly dependent on someone, or made someone dependent on you? It may be time to create space between you and that person. Rather than a person, there may be a project or responsibility that is taking up too much space in your mind, leaving no time or energy for things that bring you joy. Focus on your relationship with yourself— engage your senses and nurture your creativity. Remember not to neglect yourself when you show up for others.